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    Citizens of the Month: Two retired Albany County educators bring books to life

    Posted February 17, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    If you are looking for just two good reasons to love public schools, then head to the hills. In the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School, located in what is regionally called “the hill towns” in Albany County, you can meet up with Judy Tambasco and Roz Moser every Wednesday. For the past 20 years, they’ve shown up at the end of the hall in two small nooks to sort books and index cards in order to provide young students with a bag of stories to take home.

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  • It's What We Do: Faith Perry

    Teachers provide an anchor for Schenectady-area students

    Posted January 17, 2017 by Liza Frenette

    Faith Perry is all about the fabric of life. At the beginning of the school year, Mohonasen teacher Faith Perry bought three identical outfits. Switching them out for cleanliness, she is wearing the same look to school every single day, September to June, first bell to last hurrah, and every school assignment in between. Her actions are in response to students who do not have different sets of clothes to change into. A few years back, a student was bullied for wearing the same clothes several da...

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  • This art teacher's on fire!

    Posted January 2, 2017 by Mary Masterson of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers

    Just last spring, Hicksville art educator, Diana Germinario, was recognized when one of her students won first place for her watercolor painting in a statewide Arbor Day poster contest. Well, Ms. Germinario has done it again! This time, however, she entered some of her students' artwork in the 2016 New York State Recycles! poster contest, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling. The contest, which is open to all stu...

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  • Stacy Herron

    Stacy Herron: On a roll for missing and exploited children

    Posted December 7, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    When teacher Stacy Herron is on a roll, you will know about it. She doesn’t roll solo; she gathers people, steam and purpose as she spins her bicycle for the cases of missing and exploited children. Wind follows her. Leaves swirl about her spokes. Hope follows in her trail. An elementary speech and language pathologist, Herron is a member of the Schodack Central School Faculty Association whose world got tight and twisted when her brother Jeff’s wife Audrey went missing in August 200...

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  • Joseph Zuniga

    Mr. Z's passion? Helping students find the answer

    Posted November 2, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    Exploding pumpkins? Testing DNA from crime scenes? It’s all possible in Rochester teacher Joseph Zuniga’s world. On the set of the daily Homework Hotline TV show, a pumpkin explodes with enough force to blow out the eye sockets and teeth that had been scratched into the pumpkin shell. The activator is calcium carbide — once used for carbide lamps in the mines. The demonstration was done with staff from the Rochester Museum and Science Center, who appear regularly on the s...

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  • Gail Rae-Garwood

    From NYC teacher to international health advocate

    Posted August 9, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    Gail Rae-Garwood talks and writes all the time about slowing down — but she’s not referring to her lifestyle speed. She’s talking about putting the brakes on Chronic Kidney Disease.  When this retired high school English teacher and United Federation of Teachers member was diagnosed with CKD in 2008, she was shocked. A new doctor detected unhealthy levels for kidney functioning in routine blood and urine workups. She was sent to a nephrologist. “I didn’t know ...

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  • Field trip? No bus? No problem! Let's take the subway.

    Posted June 29, 2016 by Robin Cohen

    This week I am celebrating the first anniversary of my retirement from a wonderful career as a middle school math teacher. I am volunteering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and yesterday I was inspired by the teachers who brought in their students to the museum. With the school year winding down, nine groups of students led by amazing teachers came to the museum. For the eight groups from New York City this meant taking public transportation as buses for field trips are no longer available. T...

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  • Meehan Road Band

    Meehan Road Band

    Posted June 13, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    This is not your average basement band. The musicians aren’t 17, they’re not just starting out, they definitely do not have any kind of punk hair going on, and they’re not trying to get away from their parents or teachers. They are the parents. They are the teachers. Meet the band Meehan Road: Fourth grade teachers Dave Meehan and Patrick Whalen; music and chorus teacher Christopher Tucker (left-to-right in photo); special education teacher Chad Jorgensen; Brian Alvarez, sch...

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  • It's What We Do: Brian Huskie

    Albany teacher ‘builds a new model’

    Posted May 25, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    Brian Huskie’s refugee students are far more than beautiful, foreign faces and strange, rolling languages to him. He knows their stories, and they are entwined with his own frayed rope and hope. He’s a National Board Certified Teacher and member of the Albany Public School Teachers Association. His teenage students are the age the children he met in Iraq would now be; the little ones on the streets when he was a soldier. Huskie has two young sons now, and they are the age of the Iraq...

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  • Susan Lofrumento

    Change adds up to important lessons

    Posted May 5, 2016 by Liza Frenette

    Albany public school students at pre-K-5 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy are often learning about making change. And, for the third year in a row, they spent the month of March focusing on a change they could count on. Third-grade teacher Susan Lofrumento initiated Pennies for Patients campaign to get her students’ hands on a service learning opportunity.

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